Chair appointed for new health and safety association

Business consultant and former senior
public servant Shenagh Gleisner has been appointed Establishment Chair of thenew Health and Safety Association of New Zealand (HASANZ), taking up theposition today.

As Establishment Chair she is responsiblefor leading HASANZ through its first year to ensure it becomes an effective umbrellaorganisation representing workplace health and safety professions in NewZealand. HASANZ was formed on 10 September 2014 and aims to raise professionalstandards to provide healthier and safer workplaces in New Zealand.

Shenagh Gleisner is well qualified for thejob, bringing a wealth of experience to HASANZ. This includes six years asChief Executive of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Deputy Chief Executive ofthe Department of Labour, Director of the Earthquake Recovery Programme at theDepartment of Building and Housing, and many senior positions in the healthsector. She currently chairs the Risk and Assurance Committee for theDepartment of Prime Minister and Cabinet.  Ms Gleisner serves on a number of boards,including The Skills Organisation, and was a director of KPMG.

“This role relates to all of the work I didrelating to the Pike River disaster while I was at the Department of Labour andafter the Canterbury earthquakes,” said Ms Gleisner. “I’m acutely aware of theneed for healthier and safer workplaces in New Zealand. It’s one of the mostimportant issues we face today.“In all my governance roles, safety andhealth – including mental health – have become such a priority. I feel reallyhonoured to be able to make a greater contribution to making improvements sothat everyone can come home healthy and safe.”

Under Shenagh Gleisner’s leadership HASANZwill start the development of a national, online register of competentworkplace health and safety professionals to help businesses access qualityadvice and services. Another priority is to promote collaboration betweengovernment, business and health professionals to lift health and safetystandards in New Zealand workplaces.